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01-29-2013, 02:08 PM
Mikael Granlund
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Originally Posted by THEALLKNOWING View Post
You should be worried with Backstrom. Good when younger, and in a defensive-oriented system. But under Yeo and at an advanced age, at best he is an average NHL goatender. Things to watch for: how quickly he goes down - too early; once he is down how long it takes for him to get back up, or move when down; and how slow he is side-to-side. Pretty evident on shoot-outs the past several years, but also seeing a youngster like Hackett play last year.

Russo seemed to infer Suter/Brodin may be a long-term pairing. If it works out that way, then I could see Gilbert/Marco, then Falk/Stoner with Spurgeon on third line.
Yeah, sorry, I should have put next to that comment in my previous post. I'm very worried when Backstrom is in net. I want him to be confident and have success, but that's really up to him. Maybe he's hanging around Cullen too much?

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